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Theology Commitment to Development-Pt III

December 27, 2022
By Guest author: Rex Bridges, Director of Development at ULCS

Many of us are familiar with the song, Make Me a Blessing, and have probably sung it at one time or another.  How can we go about being a blessing?

When we receive a gift, we are blessed.  What is our perspective when we are the one giving the gift?  Do we not have a greater sense of blessing?  Paul reminds us in Acts 20:35 that Jesus said, β€œIt is more blessed to give than receive.”  What opportunities are there for others to be blessed?

In ministry, it is often thought that it is a one-way street of bringing in funds to achieve the operation of the ministry.  If this is a perception, we want to move in a direction to make it a two-way street.  ULCS, as an organization, wants to be able to provide opportunities for our partners to bless the school and thus, receive a blessing.  If a partner is able to be generous in their giving, they will receive a blessing.  Again, Paul, tells us in Philippians 4, β€œ sent me aid again and again when I was in need.  Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.”

How can we, the ministry, provide the opportunity for giving?  We can sow the seed of opportunities for our partners to meet a need.  It might be the operational budget or uniforms for a sports team or a couple of computers or two tires for the van, etc.  When ULCS sows this seed, it gives our partners opportunities to ask the Lord how He wants them to steward His resources and then give cheerfully.

I will go one step further in looking at the possible two-way relationship and ask how else can we be a blessing to our partners?  Do you have something taking place in your life that you would like for us to pray about with you?  Contact us so we will know how to pray.

(Material from Development 101 by John R. Frank and R. Scott Rodin)

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